noun \ˈspa-zəm\

: a sudden uncontrolled and often painful tightening of a muscle

: a sudden and usually brief occurrence of something you cannot control

Full Definition of SPASM

:  an involuntary and abnormal muscular contraction
:  a sudden violent and temporary effort, emotion, or sensation <a spasm of creativity> <spasms of pain>
spasm intransitive verb

Examples of SPASM

  1. a disease that causes muscle spasms
  2. He was racked with coughing spasms.
  3. She was suffering spasms of guilt.

Origin of SPASM

Middle English spasme, from Anglo-French espasme, from Latin spasmus, from Greek spasmos, from span to draw, pull
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun \ˈspaz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SPASM

: an involuntary and abnormal contraction of muscle or muscle fibers or of a hollow organ (as an artery, the colon, or the esophagus) that consists largely of involuntary muscle fibers
: the state or condition of a muscle or organ affected with spasms <the renal artery went into spasm>


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